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China Moves to Improve Quality of Its Seafood

by Ellen Hardy
28 December 2007, at 12:00am

CHINA - In response to growing global concerns about the quality and safety of chinese seafood, China has said it will introduce an array of production standards to improve safety and guard against the use of illegal veterinary drugs.

The Chinese government said it would work to produce a more environmentally friendly mode of seafood production. Pic :Chang W. Lee,NY Times .

An official of the Ministry of Agriculture said that the new standards would cover 100 categories, everything from breeding fish and seafood products to disease prevention and drug controls.

The vice minister of agriculture, Niu Dun, said the agency would “investigate illegal production licenses” and confront “shoddy quality control behavior to improve fish production quality and safety standards.”

The government will also work to produce a more environmentally friendly mode of production - which is one of the greatest challenges faced by China’s seafood industry.

The move, which was first announced at a seafood conference in the capital on Monday, is the latest food safety initiative to come out of Beijing, which is pushing aggressively to ensure Chinese consumers and importers of Chinese food that the country’s products are safe and healthy.

Source: TheNewYorkTimes

Ellen Hardy